Hester Street Fair

The Hester Street Fair is a community market on the Lower East Side of NYC - a new hybrid incubator and launching pad for small, independent businesses and artists.

Melt Bakery at Hester Street Fair

Imagine walking down the streets of Chinatown on a hot New York summer day. The heat is blistering and the sun (the same one you wished for during the long winter) is harsh. You would love a cold drink or perhaps even some frozen treat. There doesn’t seem to be much here except clothing retailers on Orchard Street though. You swivel your head from side to side in the vain hope that you might find something interesting to eat or drink when suddenly you chance upon a small bakery / shop tucked away between two big establishments. It is Melt Bakery.

Be careful though. You might just miss it and you definitely do not want to do that. It has bright colorful round signs of all sizes with mysterious sounding words like “The Classic,” “The Morticia,” “The Lovelet,” and the “The Elvis.” The signs themselves look so appealing that they pull you into this small shop that is also a bakery and has big freezers everywhere. You are greeted with a cheerful hello by the girl who is perched atop a high stool and you look at the models of these beautiful ice cream sandwiches sitting on the counter. Should I get the red cookie one or the chocolate one with the sparkly sugar on top? You finally decipher the mysterious words. The Lovelet, it turns out, is cream cheese ice cream sandwiched between two red velvet cookies and The Elvis is a peanut butter cookie sandwich with banana ice cream.

My favorite is The Jackson though. You won’t read the name on any of the signs but ask the shop girl and she will dig deep into the freezer and pull out a mini sandwich for you. It is a mango lassi flavored ice cream with pistachio cookies and the flavors just burst in your mouth. They are authentic Indian flavors and ones my grandmother will be proud of.

Julian Plyter is the creative head and chef behind this enterprise. He and his partner Kareem started vending these sandwiches at the Hester Street Fair in 2010 when they felt that the market needed some ice cream in between cookies! Local sustainable and honest food is their goal and Julian has been known to pick his own peaches and figs for the ice creams straight from his parent’s farm in upstate New York.

They are currently vending from their store on Orchard Street as well as every weekend at the Hester Street Fair. 

Announcing the Hester Street Fair Promenade!!!

Hester Street Fair is expanding in a grand fashion!  We’re pleased to announce that starting the weekend of May 31 & June 1, we’re opening the Hester Street Fair Promenade.  The Promenade is located next to the Hester Street Fair in Seward Park.  It will along Essex Street and stretches from Hester Street all the way down to Canal Street.  It will contain 28 more one-of-a kind vendors and plenty of park seating.  Help us celebrate this event with an Opening Weekend kickoff May 31 & June 1 with the return of Rachel Mae’s Farmstand, decadent fries from NY Chup, live music, give-a-ways and much more! 

Opening Weekend Shopping Guide

Shopping at the Hester Street Fair is always a unique and fun experience.  What makes it so special of course is that the makers, collectors, craftsmen are all there standing behind their products and ready to talk about them in lovingly minute detail. Here’s a sneak peak of who and what you can expect to find at the Opening Weekend at Hester Street Fair:  

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Room + Linen Spray - Rosemary Peppermint - Blood Orange Lemongrass - Spike Lavender Cedarwood - $34

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Face Serum - Hair Serum - Body Serum - Room + Linen Spray $28-$58

After Brooklyn-based found Kirsten King learned ‘what goes on your skin, goes in your body’ while pregnant she became a Clinical Aromatherapist and launched organic beauty and home brand Oille Natural in 2012. Since then Oille has been featured on Martha Stewarts personal blog and is now carried in Ann Taylor’s new store, Lou & Grey. 

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"Pegacorns in Pink" print 11x14 - $35

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"Happy Nutella Day" boxed note cards - Set of 6 - $20

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"Black & Blue Forest 1" print 8.5x11 - $20

Tamara Garvey Illustration sells giclee art prints, cards, original art, iPhone covers, and Moleskine journals, all made in her Brooklyn home from her whimsical and nature-based pen-and-ink illustrations.  She draw lots of old-timey burglars, animals, food, and forests.

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Native Noms Tee - $26

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Ice Cream is Cheaper Than Therapy Tee - $28

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Death Before Decaf Tee - $26

Pyknic: Food-Themed Apparel & Goods.  A worldwide, “young & hungry” syndicate of dreamers, hard workers, creatives, rebels, and free spirits who collectively inspire one another to be better than they were yesterday. What initially began with hand-drawn t-shirts has organically evolved into this subculture, supplemented by genuine products and personal experiences. “We cannot live forever but we can create something that will.”

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1970s sweater with feathers - $44

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1970s denim dress $45

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1960s bohemian floral maxi dress - $64

La Poubelle Vintage is one of NYC’s first mobile vintage shops! Housed in a converted 1968 Shasta travel trailer, La Poubelle Vintage mobile roams the streets of NYC hawking high-quality vintage clothes and accessories for women and men.


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Adventure Sample Set - $20

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East Hampton Atlantic White Cedar 10 ml Roll-on Perfume Oil - $55

Nomaterra, is a niche fragrance brand creating beautiful fragrances for the on-the-go individual. They are based out of Brooklyn (Bushwick) and hand craft all the fragrances themselves in small batches.  So you’re really getting a very authentic and local product. 

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Small size hand-tied posies, wrapped in tissue paper and tied with high quality colorful ribbon - $25-35 per posie

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Founded in 2014 by Audrey Stipanovich, a franco-british who has a background in fashion design and photo production, Pastoral’s particularity is the creation of floral arrangements based on stories and themes, often inspired by films, books, and characters. Arrangements are named after film titles: Tess, Wild at Heart, Plein Soleil.

Pastoral can create floral arrangements for events, set design for photoshoots and films, flowering businesses and private homes, as well as creating unique floral/vegetal print designs. 

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Cotton Canvas Tote Water Repellent - Leather Straps - Grey - $80.00

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Small Zip Pouch Water Repellent Sienna - $22.00

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Charcoal Wax Canvas Zip Pouch Small - $22.00

Jennifer Eng is the creator and maker behind the handmade studio jenneng. She makes items for the everyday, from fabric goods to paper goods, ensuring to achieve harmony between function and style. Her goal is to share with others the products that she, herself, uses on a regular basis. From the variety of goods, you will always find a simple design with quality craftsmanship. She only sources American made materials and works with local companies to lessen her impact on our environment.

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Hand stamped necklaces from the “Sideshow Collection”  - $40-49

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Assorted bracelets from the “Sideshow Collection” - $39-$75

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"Whisky Makes Me Frisky" necklace from the "Sideshow Collection" - $55

Guilty jean. is an eclectic brand representing the fashion gypsies and the free spirits throughout the world.  It is a brand inspired by spirituality and self expression.  Each piece is handmade in the city that never sleeps by two artists and created with love, and passion.
 

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Iron On Patch Fox Applique in Orange - $5

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Iron On Patch Can of 100% Organic Whoop Ass Applique - $5

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Iron On Patches Pair of Blue Swallow Felt Animal Appliqes - $9.00

Dhalia Soleil is a clothing and accessories designer living in Queens. Her collection is embroidery based with iron on and sewn on appliques. She sell the appliques alone or on hand crocheted hats and tees. She can also offer customers custom made designs from their own ideas.  She was a featured designer for her crocheted work at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2009.

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Vintage Rock tee $48 & 90s Pleated Mini Skirt $32

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70s Black and White Stripe Max Dress $54

Summer Mizera Vintage offers Women’s and Men’s wearable vintage clothing that can be mixed into any modern closet.  New products are added to the collection every week.  And this spring also find her at her new LES shop, the Vintage Room, located at 85 Stanton.

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Two Silver and Gold Circles Pendant Necklace - $30.00

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Gold Star Anise Pendant with Purple Amethyst - $110

Natural Abstract is your one stop shop for beautiful handmade silver and gold designer jewelry Inspired by the complex beauty of nature and the abstract lines of modernism, and made for everyday wear. From simple hoops to a one of a kind pendant, there is something for every jewelry lover.

Andrea Cobb is a professional jeweler whose work is carried in boutiques around New York. She make all of my pieces, from start to finish, at her Brooklyn studio.  Much of her work is one of a kind and all is limited edition.


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Happy Trooper Canvas Backpack -$45

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Steampunk Leather Sunglasses - $30

Lala and Sasi is a boutique womenswear brand that designs & sells clothing for the weird and whimsical. Started by two best friends in NYC, Lala and Sasi aspires to bring happiness through fashion.  

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3 Prints for $50.00

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"Carmen & The MilkBone"  $360.00

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"Le Petite Perverse" $340.00

Raised by wolves and fairies…made Naughty and Nice both strong and giggly. He enjoys making art because it makes him happy. Plus he loves being his own boss…and yes, he does enjoy walks on the beach and sunsets, but not as much as he enjoys bitterness and moxy.

YakBlak Sunnies & Specs fully restores 20–60 year old vintage eyewear.  The restoration of each piece is a meticulous multi-step process: 1. disassemble, clean and hand-polish,  2. buff up or replace damaged hardware such as rivets, hinges and screws, 3. reassemble and perform a careful four-point frame alignment, 4. outfit the frame with 100% UV and scratch-resistant lenses, tinted or clear, 5. perform a final alignment and overall inspection.  The end result is a beautiful pair of Sunnies & Specs that look and fit like they are brand new.

What to EAT on Opening Weekend at Hester Street Fair 2014

Opening Weekend, April 26 & 27, at Hester Street Fair is coming right around the corner and it could very well be the most delicious ever.  Our picks on what to eat and drink on Opening Weekend.

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Hudson & Charles is a “Nose to Tail” custom cut butcher shop located in Manhattan’s West Village. All their meats are from  Animal Welfare approved farm and are antibiotic, hormone and steroid free all raised by small farms in upstate NY. Their Beef is 100% Grass fed and finished and their pork, lamb and chicken are 100% pasture raised.

They will be rotating one of the following tasty items every week: 

Pasture Raised Porchetta Sandwich: Orange Fennel Roasted Porchetta, Bitter Greens, served on a Sourdough Ciabatta Bun. $10

Pastured Beer Pork Brat with Fermented Sauerkraut: Pastured Pork Brat with organic spices, cooked in beer and served with fermented Sauerkraut on a roll. $10

100% Grass Fed Beef Umami Sausage Sandwich with Spicy Kimchi: 100% Grass Fed Beef Umami Sausage with organic spices, adzuki bean miso and ponzu, served on a roll, topped with spicy kimchi slaw. $10

Cubano: Pastured Pernil and Ham, served in a roll with pickles, cheese and mustard. $10

5 alarm 100% Grass fed Chili: 100% grass fed beef, organic kidney beans, spicy organic tomato sauce, served with corn bread and topped with sour cream and scallions. $10

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Heezy and Steve both left their corporate 9-5s to follow their dreams of opening a restaurant.  Zhà's Asian Fried Riceball is a spin on the classic dim sum dish Lo Mai Gai (sticky rice stuffed with chicken) with a light crunchy shell like an Italian arancini.  Each rice ball is crunchy, soft, and incredible juicy inside.  They revolve unique and delicious specials weekly so come back every week for a taste of something different!

Zhà-Mi: (Asian Fried Rice Ball)  + pickled vegetables$5

CHAR-SIU (Chinese BBQ Pork): slow-roasted pork, onions, sweet Hoisin

BULGOGI (Korean BBQ Beef): ribeye, carrots, onions, Gochujang

THAI YELLOW CURRY (Tofu): tofu, red bell peppers, onions

Xiao Zhà-Mi: (Mini Fried Rice Balls) 3 for $5

K-POPPERS: Kim-Chi fried rice w/ bacon, eggs, carrots, scallions

PLUS revolving weekly Specials: Korean Chicken & Waffles, Fried Coconut Rice Pudding balls, Hawaiian Breakfast, Crispy Wontons w/ shrimp and pork

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Ssam BBQ focuses on using only the highest quality all natural cuts of meats, combined with their own lip smacking homemade marinades to create a quick, delicious, and memorable dining experience.

The menu focuses on three dishes, Galbi (beef short rib in a soy based marinade), Dak Galbi (spicy chicken) and Daeji Bulgogi (spicy pork).  These meats are cooked fresh and served to order. Three serving methods are offered: traditional SSAM (lettuce wraps), Ssam-wich (brioche roll), and rice bowl.  Each of the serving choices acts as a blank canvas on which they build upon with complimentary ingredients, each of which enhances the full flavor of the dish.

Traditional Galbi:Beef short rib, marinated in our secret soy based sauce. Recommended Serving Style: SSAM. $11

Daeji Bulgogi: Berkshire pork, thinly sliced and marinated in our secret spicy chilli sauce. Recommended Serving Style: Rice Bowl. $9

Dak Galbi: Amish raised chicken, marinated and smothered in our secret curried chilli sauce. Recommended Serving Style: Ssam-wich. $8 

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Jicama: California Street Food serves beautiful farm inspired dishes that rejuvenate and invigorate. Jicama was born as a journey to create a refreshing and bright healthy cuisine that caters to all palettes while keeping up with ever changing food trends. Their entire menu is gluten-free. Both carnivores and vegans alike will find delicious gems on their NorCal inspired menu which was created from their passion of blending Asian and Latin cuisines.

A selection of 3-4 each week (100% gluten-free).

Kale Sausage Wrap: Andouille sausage, pineapple and jalapeños wrapped in dinosaur kale with a spicy crema drizzle. 2 for $7.50 

Jicama Carnitas:  Pulled pork, mango, red cabbage, cilantro, lime, and chile served on slices of Jicama. 3 for $8.50

Salty and Sweet Pulled Pork Slider: Pulled pork, kale, beet sauerkraut sandwiched between mini sugar doughnuts. Veggie option available. 3 for $9

Mexican mac-n-cheese: Cotija mac-n-cheese with chipotle-toasted cornflakes on a blue corn tortilla. Veggie option available. 2 for $7.50 

Elote: Mexican style corn on the cob, served with a ginger-garlic sauce, lime, cilantro and chile. Vegan. $5

Tamale: Veggie, Mole Chicken, or Sweet Corn served with Salsa Verde. Vegan options available. $5

Huaraches: Oval-shaped corn masa cake topped with mixed veggies, queso fresco, red onions and cilantro. Veggie option available. $7

Aqua Frescas: Seasonal fresh waters: daily flavors vary, watermelon, tamarind, cucumber-mint-lime, mango, pineapple. $3.50

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It doesn’t take a master chef to make a great lobster roll. It takes great lobster. Luke Holden of Luke’s Lobster knows where to get the best stuff around. He buys 100% of his lobster in Maine, where he grew up, built his own skiff, and launched a lobster company while still in high school. When Luke moved to New York, he found lobster rolls drowning in mayo and diluted with celery for up to $30. He and his dad, Jeff, turned to their longstanding relationships with lobstermen to cut out the middle man and get that sweet lobster down to the city, where they could serve it the way it was meant to be: pure, in a griddled New England split-top bun, with no filler.

Rolls are made MAINE style! The seafood is served chilled atop a New England style, split-top bun with a swipe of mayo, a drizzle of lemon-butter, and a dash of our secret spices.

Lobster Rolls: $16

Crab Rolls: $14

Shrimp Rolls: $9

Cape Cod Chips: $1

Maine Root Soda: $3

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Break out the fine china and tablecloths, An Artistic Taste brings modern, artistic, and perfectly composed dishes to Hester Street Fair.

Brussels Sprouts: crisp brussels sprouts, candy caramelized onions, fig and grape yogurt

Sumac French fries: hand cut potato, sumac and parsley

Fried Chicken Buns: butter milk and sage fried chicken, mango glaze and carrot salsa

Lobster and Truffle Mac: crispy mac squares, sweet Montauk lobster, black summer truffles poached egg and bernaise sauce

Risotto: crimini mushrooms with agave and parmesean

Salmon: atlantic salmon, mixed veggie farro salad, orange champagne reduction

Scallops: curry pumpkin veloute sauce, mole spice and House made croutons

An Artistic Taste Burger: short-rib brisket burger, confit onions, gruyere and veal reduction sauce

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After working in multiple restaurants in NYC since 1998 as a Pastry Chef, Mixologist, Line Cook, Kitchen Manager and everything in between, Deviant Chef broke out on his own to create his signature Asian and Latin style Burgers and Sandwiches. 

Yakiniku Cheese Steak: Thinly sliced rib eye steak with, Korean peppers, onions and provolone. $8

Okonomi Burger: Miso burger in between two yakisoba scallion pancakes. $7

Donburi: Choice of meat over mixed rice or curry quinoa, with dashi tamago, pickled root veggies & bean sprouts. $8

PHAT BOY SUBS: Laos style sandwiches filled with cucumbers, pickled root veggies, Korean peppers, red onions & bitter greens. $8

3 Little pigs: Braised pork shoulder, roasted pork belly & bacon confit. $8

Taisho: Organic chicken sausage meatballs. $8

Miso Brisket: Sweet miso and garlic rubbed Brisket. $8

Phuket Chicken: Coconut green curry chicken. $8

Vegans Delight: Roasted eggplant, portobello cap & trio of wild mushrooms. $8

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Snap’s menu features hot dogs with classic regional toppings. They use quality, locally-made ingredients including organic all-beef hot dogs from Brooklyn Bangers, artisanal pickles from Rick’s Picks and farmer’s market produce and cheese. The centerpiece of Snap’s menu is a classic Chicago-style hot dog for $5. Order it with “the works” for an entire meal on a bun.

Chicago Dog: yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion, tomato wedges, dill pickle spear, sport peppers, dash of celery salt. $5 

Brooklyn Dog: chopped onion, sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard. $5

The Dogfather: provolone cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped onion, pickles, oil & vinegar and oregano. $5

Perro Caliente: Colombian style with pineapple, coleslaw, fresh mayo, ketchup, mustard, crushed McClure’s potato chips. $5

McClure’s potato chips: garlic dill, spicy pickle or bloody mary flavors. $2

Raspberry Rooibos Iced Tea - $3/$4

Khao Man Gai NY was last years Vendy Award Winner for Best Market Vendor.   Their Chicken and Rice dish, Khao man gai, is one of the most popular aahan jaan diaw, or, one plate meals, in all of Thailand.  

Khao Man Gai

Tom Yum Noodles

Organic Chicken Wings

Thai Teas

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Cafe Patoro is a NYC food company devoted to making the famous Brazilian “pão de queijo” a staple in the local breakfast and snack food culture. “Pão de queijo” (aka PDQ) is a small cheese-flavored tapioca roll, popular in Brazil and other South American countries. Made only with real ingredients, their products are gluten-free and yeast-free, and have no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, no MSGs, no trans fats. 

Cheese: Original, Feta, Cheddar

Seasoned: Onion & Chives, Pesto, Roasted Garlic

Veggies: Jalapeno, Black Olive, Tomato Basil

Charcuterie: Pepperoni, Cheddar Bacon, Maple Bacon

3 for $5, box of 12 for $7

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Macaron Parlour was founded in 2010 by Christina Ha and Simon Tung. They offer an array of macarons that expand beyond traditional flavors. While paying homage to typical buttercream and ganache fillings, they also provide unconventional and savory options such as s’mores, red velvet, and candied bacon with maple cream cheese. Additionally, they were the first to make select macarons with brown sugar, which they believe enhances flavor and complements the filling.

Assorted Macarons

$2.50 each, box of 6 - $15, box of 12 - $28, box of 24 - $54

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Melt Bakery started at the Hester Street Fair in 2010 and now have the first Ice Cream Sandwich Store in NYC.  

Assorted sandwiches are $4 each.

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Kerry and Christen’s paths crossed in 2010 when working together at a restaurant in New York City. They both had recently changed careers and relocated from smaller towns, and quickly discovered that they shared the sweet dream of opening a treat-shop. They decided to put this vision to action and drafted a sugarcoated business plan. In 2013, Baking Soda Shop was up and running! The duo’s handcrafted chocolate butter crunch, delicious cookies, almond crunch, and more can be purchased anytime at www.bakingsodashop.com

Butter Crunch: 3.5 oz bag. $8

Black Strap Ginger Snaps: $1/cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie: $3

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie: $3

Aronia Almond Crunch: $7

Caramels: $1 each

12oz Cold Brew: $3

New look for the new season…

New look for the new season…

Back for our 4th season, mark your calendars: April 27th!

Back for our 4th season, mark your calendars: April 27th!

It’s the last day to shop beautiful indie gifts at Hester Holiday Market open till 7! Prince/Mott

It’s the last day to shop beautiful indie gifts at Hester Holiday Market open till 7! Prince/Mott

Even more on the 2nd floor! Shop out expanded upstairs with more of our fave vendors! #HesterHoliday Market

Even more on the 2nd floor! Shop out expanded upstairs with more of our fave vendors! #HesterHoliday Market

#HesterHoliday Market is open until 7! Check out amazing vendors on our expanded 2nd floor: Bittersweet, Clasp of Isis, Eco Delight candles, Tilly Doro jewelry, Wise and Wearfores, Wuhao, Baking Bean, Milly + Wong and more!

#HesterHoliday Market is open until 7! Check out amazing vendors on our expanded 2nd floor: Bittersweet, Clasp of Isis, Eco Delight candles, Tilly Doro jewelry, Wise and Wearfores, Wuhao, Baking Bean, Milly + Wong and more!

Look at this lovely! Adoptable doggies from @humanesocietyny at #HesterHoliday Market!

Look at this lovely! Adoptable doggies from @humanesocietyny at #HesterHoliday Market!